With reference to Leadsom’s underhanded comments about motherhood to the Times, the Observer see this as deliberately calculated:
This was not so much a dog whistle but the loud booming voice of a town crier in the shires. Leadsom knows that many Conservative members will see themselves reflected in her: Christian, socially conservative, anti-gay marriage, Eurosceptic.
Under Cameron, the Conservative Central Office has reached out to minorities, especially gays. But Leadsom is openly anti-gay and anti-feminism too. With her Christian, socially conservative views, she’s putting the clock back to the fifties for the Conservatives. As well as pitching to mums, she is reaching out to far-right supporters of UKIP.
For me, Leadsom is peddling post-truth politics – hers is the right wing populism of Le Pen, Trump et al. For both the far-left and far-right, truth and evidence are readily subordinated and the end generally justifies the means. My greatest fear is that Leadsom as prime minister will unleash an evil far-right government.
Let me ask an open question:
Does Andrea Leadsom’s right-wing populist agenda make her